History Literature / TheElricSaga

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* DefectorFromParadise: The troubled hero finds and experiences the secret city of Tanelorn which stands outside Chaos and Law, a place of peace and tranquility where heroes may find rest and the Eternal Champion may lay down his burden. He later decided that he could not settle down there and became the only person to renounce Tanelorn and return to the world outside.
9th Jul '16 7:50:43 AM JulianLapostat
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* ''Elric: The Ruby Throne'' (2014)
* ''Elric: Stormbringer'' (2015)

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''Elric: The Ruby Throne'' (2014)
* ** ''Elric: Stormbringer'' (2015) (2015)
9th Jul '16 7:48:29 AM JulianLapostat
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* By P. Craig Russell
** ''Elric of Melniboné'' (with Roy Thomas and Michael T. Gilbert; Pacific Comics) (1983-1984)
** ''The Dreaming City'' (Marvel/Epic Comics) (1982)
** ''Stormbringer'' (Dark Horse) (1997)
9th Jul '16 7:41:04 AM JulianLapostat
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* DeathOfAThousandCuts: [[spoiler:Jagreen Lern is killed by Elric in this fashion, with Elric cutting him with Moonglum's sword, because he doesn't want to use Stormbringer and give Jagreen a quick death and have his soul part of him. The text states that he kept him alive for nearly a hour by cutting him piece by piece until Moonglum asked Elric to kill him. The P. Craig Russell version of Stormbringer shows a panel where Elric ''cuts the lower lid of his eye'']].
9th Jul '16 7:36:28 AM JulianLapostat
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* FreudWasRight: Elric is a sorceror who physically and emotionally derives strength from the CoolSword and often talks about how he and the sword are one and he doesn't get any strength without it. His wife Zarozinia finally hangs a {{Lampshade}} by referring to it as "His mistress".
9th Jul '16 7:36:05 AM JulianLapostat
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%%* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Zarozinia, courtesy of Jagreen Lern]].
%%* ByronicHero: Elric.

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%%* * BodyHorror: Jagreen Lern and the forces of Chaos do this to most of their victims, converting them into abominations covered in reptilian and insectoid scales. [[spoiler: Zarozinia, courtesy of Jagreen Lern]].
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Elric's wife, becomes a worm-like being with only her human head when Elric reunites with her. She uses her remaining will to impale herself on Stormbringer, so that her soul can give strength to her husband]].
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ByronicHero: Elric.



* ChickMagnet: Elric has had quite a few women after him, and he is canonically ''very'' good in bed.

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* ChickMagnet: Elric has had quite a few women after him, and he is canonically ''very'' good in bed. Though once he meets Zarozinia, he becomes surprisingly serious and faithful to her, and tries to be a good husband.


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** Rather than a fight between Good and Evil, it's a fight between Law and Chaos, both entities having ideas closer to BlueAndOrangeMorality. The fantasy setting suffused with magic, rather than an area of wonder and mystery is an unstable and horrific world filled with monsters, sorcerors, demons and kingdoms which makes the entire landscape feel inherently dangerous and wild.
** Stormbringer, the titular CoolSword is a parody of the very trope, its power derives from its victims rather than its shininess, its hilt and scabbard or the metal, unlike other tropes in fantasy fiction. It reminds readers that the first purpose of any sword is to kill people.
** Elric himself is an attack on TheHero and other associated tropes of mythological and fantasy stories, which featured such figures as prophetically pre-destined to save the world. Here Elric is a barely stable sorceror who [[spoiler:is little more than a puppet for fate, and whose death has none of the grandeur and majesty of fantasy fiction]].


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* FreudWasRight: Elric is a sorceror who physically and emotionally derives strength from the CoolSword and often talks about how he and the sword are one and he doesn't get any strength without it. His wife Zarozinia finally hangs a {{Lampshade}} by referring to it as "His mistress".


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* HappilyMarried: Elric and Zarozinia, they enjoy it while it lasts.


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* KillTheOnesYouLove: Elric [[spoiler:accidentally murders Cymoril with Stormbringer, and her soul enters the blade and gives Elric strength. Later Zarozinia and Moonglum impale themselves on Stormbringer so as to help Elric fulfill his destiny]].


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* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:A transformed Zarozinia commits suicide by falling on Stormbringer, so that her soul can join Elric's]].
4th Jul '16 7:27:52 AM Lightice
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* AdaptationalVillainy: The Titan Comics graphic novels have essentially made Elric a VillainProtagonist who kills hapless slaves, innocent civilians and his own, loyal followers on a whim, making his canonical moments of mercy and insight come off as whimsical, rather than moral, as well.
4th Jul '16 7:16:24 AM Lightice
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* ''Elric: Stormbringer'' (2015)
20th Jun '16 9:44:42 AM LondonKdS
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* ShoutOut: more often shouted out to, than containing them. As a popular older work, it has been referenced in many places.
20th Jun '16 9:44:12 AM LondonKdS
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* HeavyMithril: Moorcock wrote the above-quoted ''Black Blade'' for Music/BlueOysterCult, and additionally saw his saga reworked by Hawkwind into the album ''The Chronicle of the Black Sword''.
** Deep Purple was aware of the Elric books when they wrote "Stormbringer" and chose the name for the song because of this, but the song itself isn't about the eponymous sword (they figured that Moorcock got the name from mythology, but he actually made it up himself).
** The PowerMetal band Domine has a large number of Moorcock related songs. Elric himself even appears on multiple album covers.
** Music/BlindGuardian also have a couple of songs based on the series.
** Spanish power metal band Dark Moor's "The Fall of Melnibone" is based on the saga.
** The title track of NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal band Diamond Head's ''Borrowed Time'' album is based on Elric. He also appears on the album cover.
** The song "Nadsokor" by cult metal act Cirith Ungol is about the City of Beggars from the saga. Elric has graced the cover art of several of their albums.
** DoomMetal band Doomsword have a few songs based on Elric, as well as a cover of Cirith Ungol's Nadsokor.
** US metal band Ra Pariah has "Bane of the Black Sword" based on the saga.
** Elric is the subject of "Steel Versus Steel" by heavy metal band Grand Magus.
** BlackMetal band Númenor has several songs based on Moorcock's work.
** "Elric, the Dragon Prince", by PowerMetal band Skelator, is a rock-operatic adaptation of roughly the first half of the Elric saga.
** Daniel Rosten, vocalist of Music/{{Marduk}} and Funeral Mist, briefly took "Arioch" as a stage name.



** Elric was parodied in the infamous comic book ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' via the character Elrod of Melvinbone: Elrod ''looked'' like Elric (and at least claimed to have a similar back-story), but had the personality and mannerisms of [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]]. Also, his sword Seersucker was black from ''rust''.
** The Black Sword was also parodied in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''The Colour of Magic'', as the dread black sword Kring, which talks, or rather drones, incessantly, suffers from a mid-life existential crisis, and speculates on its being beaten into a ploughshare ("whatever one of those is"), which he has heard is the afterlife promised to all good swords.
** Arthas from the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe is a noble prince who sought the runeblade Frostmourne to defeat a demon lord causing a ZombieApocalypse in his kingdom of Lordaeron. He succeeded, but the blade's necromantic powers ended up corrupting him, eventually causing him to murder his father and rule over the hordes of the undead himself as the Lich King. After his corruption, his appearance also becomes nearly identical to Elric.
** Elric is also an obvious influence on the ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series of games, specifically main protagonist Kain himself (a member of an amoral race who has a soul-sucking sword and meddles in the affairs of gods and men and wants his race to flourish no matter what the cost, he's practically a displaced Elric).
** Creator/KieronGillen's run in ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' comics [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was originally supposed to be inspired by the saga]], and while plans changed, one can still see some similarities [[spoiler: especially in the final fate of main characters]].
** The setting in Warhammer Fantasy, prior to the End Times, was heavily influenced by this series. Special mention goes to the dark elf Malus Darkblade, who's pretty much Elric with the serial numbers filed off.
** The series has also been influence on ''Literature/TheWitcher'' books.
** ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' also features an {{expy}} of Elric as its main antagonist.
** In ''VideoGame/UltimaVII'' one InfinityPlusOneSword is a sentient black sword.
** The Magus class in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' takes a lot of inspiration from Elric, particularly the Bladebound Magus archetype and Seltyiel's character design (he's a half-elf with white hair.)
** In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', when Joffrey Baratheon asks what he should name his new Valyrian Steel sword, one of his courtiers suggests "Stormbringer".
** In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' on of [[AdiposeRex King Aegon the Unworthy]]'s [[HeroicBastard bastards]], the [[HeroicAlbino albino]] [[TheSpymaster spymaster]], [[AmbiguouslyEvil ambiguously evil]] [[EvilSorcerer sorcerer]] with a CoolSword and former [[EvilChancellor Hand of the King]] Brynden Rivers is clearly an {{Expy}} of Elric.
** In ''Literature/TailchasersSong'', a fantasy about cats, the feline creator goddess Meerclar Allmother shares her name with Meerclar of the Cats, one of Melniboné's Beast-Lords.
** The Melnibonean race is a major inspiration for the Drow from DungeonsAndDragons, the Dark Elves from {{Warhammer}}, and the Dark Eldar from Warhammer40000.
** Game publisher Creator/WhiteWolf's name itself [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elric_of_Melnibon%C3%A9#References_in_popular_culture was inspired by Elric's in-story nickname]].
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